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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2557


Sri Lankan Authorities frown on housemaids

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lankan housemaids who are one of the biggest foreign exchange earners to the country maybe sidelined in the future, following a decision taken by the Labor Relations and Foreign Employment Ministry to promote skilled labor instead of illiterate women traveling to the West Asia and other parts of the world to work as housemaids. A top official attached to the Ministry disclosed that special attention has been drawn towards promoting male migrant workers and also females in specialized fields including nursing and in the hotel sector.

Asian Security: Need for a Collective Approach

By Gurmeet Kanwal

Asia has been the fountain of the greatest and some of the most ancient civilizations and religions of the world and possesses enormous human and natural resources. However, in modern history, the continent has seldom been at the centre-stage of world politics. Indeed, unlike Africans, for example, Asian citizens have never really had a feeling of oneness. When an African is asked where he is from, he seldom says that he is a Kenyan, Nigerian or Ugandan – he invariably replies that he is from Africa. Though it was first promoted during Jawaharlal Nehru’s time, the concept of Asia as a continent with many commonalties and similar aspirations has gained prominence only in the last 10 to 15 years.

SL needs national programme to manage solid waste.

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

A senior academic Udeni Chularatne proposes that the government must attend to prepare a national programme to manage solid waste in Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lanka needs community participatory system to launch nation wide project to manage solid waste and earn additional income for local government institutions. Addressing media in Colombo on Wednesday, Mr.Chularatne said that India follows similar programme to clear and manage solid waste.

Mumbai is the rudest city in the world: A survey by Reader's Digest

By Dr. P.L. Joshi

This is regarding a news item titled "Mumbai is world's rudest city: Survey", appeared in Hindustan Times, June 21, 2006. The news item reads "This is one rude awakening. Mumbai is the rudest city in the world according to a survey across 35 countries by The Reader's Digest. With 32 marks out of 100, it is at the bottom of the barrel, just below Bucharest, the rudest city in Europe."

Miracle Technology Brings Hearing to Deaf Children & Adults

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Internationally acclaimed cochlear implant technology is now available in Sri Lanka at Apollo Hospital and Durdans Hospital in Colombo.The technology, developed more than 23 years ago by Australian biotechnology company, and implant industry leader, Cochlear Limited, has given hearing to more than 100,000 adults and children around the world with a severe to profound hearing loss.To date 19 Sri Lankans have received the technology from clinics in Sri Lanka. The first, Mr Lalith Gunawardhana, received his implant in September 2004. For June of this year at least a further three surgeries are planned.

UNDP disburses Rs 5.6 Million for tsunami recovery in Matara

This assistance to Community Based Organizations is part of UNDP’s efforts to support and strengthen local communities in post tsunami recovery activities. The project “Sustaining Tsunami Recovery by Organizations Networking at the Grassroots level through Promoting Local Accountability and Capacity Enhancement Systems” or (STRONG PLACES Project) is being funded by the Government of Germany. The United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] formally handed over material and financial assistance worth Rs.5.6 Million, to 79 selected Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in the Southern District of Matara on Friday June 9th.

Indian PM sending his emissary to MK to discuss Lanka issue

By M Rama Rao in New Delhi- Reporting for Asian Tribune

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is sending his emissary to Chennai to discuss with DMK chief M Karunanidhithe ‘burning’ situation in Sri Lanka. Singh himself told this to the chief minister who spoke to him on phone and apprised him of the views of the DMK and its allies on the issue. Prime Minister, who is keeping himself abreast of the developments in Lanka and related matters, told MK that he had read the resolution adopted by the DMK and its allies. He promised to send his national security advisor M Narayanan to Chennai to discuss Tamil Nadu concerns.

Sri Lankan and Maldivian Cadets earn appointments to prestigious U.S. Military Academies

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Three military cadets received Certificates of Appointment from U.S. Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead to begin undergraduate studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Military Academy in September of 2006. Radhika Ranaweera of Sri Lanka will enroll in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Ali Ihusaan and Ahmed Mooman, both of the Maldives, will enroll in the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. The three students will pursue Bachelor of Science degrees and receive military training alongside students from the United States and around the world. "I am excited about going to study aeronautical engineering, hopefully learning to fly," said Cadet Ranaweera.Cadet Ihusaan will study computer sciences and Cadet Mooman will study civil engineering before retuning to serve as lieutenants in the Maldivian National Defence Force.

SL government is to introduced tough laws on Coconut tree fellers

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

The government of Sri Lanka expects to impose high penalties on illegal coconut palm fellers and wish to introduce new strategies to replant bare land in traditional and non-traditional coconut growing areas in Sri Lanka. Coconut Development Minister Salinda Dissanayaka said maximum penalty is to be imposed who illegally uproot or fell coconut palms. He said the government also hopes to introduce stern legal structure to minimise block coconut lands. Addressing media in Colombo, Mr.Dissanayaka said that land auctioneers use illegal methods to avoid the current land law when they want to auction a coconut land.

Sri Lanka: UNDP partners with Brandix in the water and sanitation sector

UNDP and Brandix Lanka Limited, the single largest apparel export company based in Sri Lanka, signed recently a two cost-share agreements worth US $23,810 [LKR 2,381,400] at the UN Head Quarters in Colombo. These funds will be utilized in the water and sanitation sector in post-tsunami recovery and reconstruction. Mr. Abu Selim, UNDP’s Country Director and Mr. Feroz Omar, Board Director of Brandix Lanka, signed the partnership agreement. The funds raised by these two cost-share agreements would benefit tsunami affected communities in Kattankudi in the Eastern Province and Lunawa Moratuwa in the Western Province.

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